The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private John Olding

Ancestor Details


Ancestor's date of birth: 17/02/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 28/09/1963

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Service Number: 304

Colony or State of enlistment: TAS, Place of Enlistment: HOBART

Unit: No 2 Company, 2nd Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: Not Provided

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: Not Provided

Murray Page: 567

Contingent: 4th Tasmanian, 2nd Imperial Bushmen

Ship: Chicago, Date of Sailing: 27/03/1901

Memorial details: Not Provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Clasps

Personal Characteristics: Not Provided

Reasons to go and fight: Not Provided

Details of service in war: Served in the Cape Colony under General French.

Service and life after the Boer War: Joined number 2 Australian Field Artillery.That Battery was disbanded on 10/6/1904.He then transferred to Field Artillery with special qualifications of Horsemaster. Discharched from there on 1/6/1912 to join the permanent forces (First A.I.F) Home on leave prior to leaving for overseas duty he contracted a fever and was discharged as medically unfit for overseas duty on 28/4/1917. He then rejoined the forces as a member of No2 A.A.S.C. (Permanent Remount Section. He was a Sergeant for eight years in charge of the Remount Depot at Claremont in Tasmania for three years and 6 months. His total army service was 19 1/2 years. He spent some time in the Hobart Fire Brigade after this before entering the tourist business. He obtained his drivers licence on 13/8/1920 and spent the remainder of his working life carrying tourists to all parts of Tasmania.

Descendant Details


Relationship to Ancestor: SON

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